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Foods

Celtic Sea Salt

Quality sea salt is essential in diets of land-locked people. This brand is minimally heated during the extraction process and retains all of its trace minerals. 

Plus! It’s a great canning salt! Because it has no added ingredients to mess with the quality of canned goods, I can use this in place of traditional canning salt.

 

 

Elderberries

I keep dried elderberries on hand all the time to make elderberry syrup. All winter I keep a jar of it in the fridge to boost our immune systems and dose heavier if we are feeling sick.

Find out how to make your own from Heather at MommyPotamus. 

 

 

Bone Broth Gelatin Powder

I keep softened gelatin in the fridge at all times. I add it to my coffee or tea every day. I also put it in my son’s bottle for added protein and amino acids. To soften it, just add 1/2 a tablespoon to a 1/4 cup of cold water and let sit. 

 

 

Coconut Oil

Tropical Traditions has delicious, pure coconut oil! I use it to pop popcorn, in my lotion recipe, as a diaper cream, oil pulling and more. Usually I can buy what I need when they run sales.

Coffee Substitute

Dandy Blend is a delicious, herbal coffee substitute that actually tastes like coffee! I’m trying to cut back on my coffee so I enjoy a cup of this liver-cleansing tea in the afternoons. Along with dandelion, there is barley, rye, chicory root and sugar beet in this health tonic. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Tools

Chemex Coffee Maker

But first coffee. I love my Chemex coffee maker! I use it daily as a plastic-free option for making delicious, non-bitter coffee. Grab some filters to go with it!

 

 

 

 

Ice Cream Maker

My husband is spoiled because I always keep a container of homemade ice cream in the freezer. He won’t even eat Bryer’s now! I love making our own ice cream because I can control how much sugar goes in and there are no unnecessary fillers and preservatives. This maker is so simple and the freezable canister eliminates any need for salt or ice. 

 

Food Processor

I use this food processor all the time. The multiple blades and shredding attachments that come with make a versatile kitchen appliance. It is especially a time saver when making sauerkraut!

 

 

 

Grain Mill

The grain mill I have is no longer made. But when the one I have dies, this is the one I will get next! It is a stone grinding mill that hardly heats the grain causing minimal nutrient damage. 

 

 

 

Box Grater

I have a heavy duty, stainless steel box grater similar to this one. I use it every day to shred my hash browns or shred cheese. Once in a while I use the zester for lemons. During the summer I use the flat blade side to make my creamy cucumber salad. I know this grater serves similar function as the food processor, but it is so much easier to set up and clean up that I use it for most of my smaller cooking projects. 

 

 

 

Supplements

 

Just Thrive Probiotic

After my son was born caesarean I wanted to provide him with the best probiotics possible. I chose this spore-based probiotic after much research. It is not damaged by stomach acids so it can progress further into the digestive tract where probiotics are most effective and needed. I sprinkle some from a capsule in his bottle. Sometimes I pop one myself, too. 

 

 

 

  Fermented Cod Liver Oil

 I personally take this cod liver oil all winter and sporadically during the summer. It is a great source of vitamins A & D. For my son, I give him the unflavored kind in his bottle. My husband takes the capsules because he can’t stand the flavor. I must say that the arctic mint and cinnamon flavors are the only two I’ve tried but they are both strong enough to hide most of the cod liver taste. 

 

 

 

Standard Process

I take this Standard Process multivitamin, Catalyn, daily. When I’m pregnant and nursing I add in several other SP products. This company makes all their supplements from whole foods: both plant and animal based. 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

                                                   Raw Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

I’ve had one of these on my son since he was five months old. Because amber reduces inflammation, this necklace eases teething pain. I like this style because the beads are smooth and don’t gouge into his neck like I’ve seen some teething necklaces do. 

 
 
 
 
 

Citric Acid

We have really hard water in our house. So using just dishwasher tabs is not enough to get nice looking dishes. Yes, I have vinegar as the rinse aid, but that doesn’t help with the washing part. So I got some Lemi Shine and it worked great! But it was so expensive at the rate I was going through it. I read the ingredient label and saw citric acid. So I ordered a bag of the straight stuff and it works just like Lemi Shine! And it’s way cheaper! I also use this to make Pioneer Woman’s recipe for homemade mozzarella

 

Fluoride Free Toothpaste

Of all the things I make at home, toothpaste is not one of them. I don’t like gagging while brushing my teeth. So I stick with minty, refreshing, fluoride-free toothpaste. I have tried many different natural toothpastes and this one is by far my favorite! They have other flavors, too. 

 

Plastic-Free Water Bottle

I’m a water bottle junkie. I’m always on the lookout for another cute one. I love the slender and colorful look of these. But I also love the convenience of my stainless steel water bottles. Don’t ask me how many I have…

 

 

Money Back Shopping App

It’s fun to save money any time! I love using the Ibotta App on my phone for easy, digital coupons on many of the products and groceries I buy. 

 

Books

Nourishing Traditions Cook Book

This book is a great resource for learning how to prepare traditional foods like organ meats and grains. Not only are there amazing recipes in here but every sidebar contains educational excerpts from other books about food and health.  

 

 

 

 

Nourishing Traditions Baby and Child Care Book

I enjoyed reading this book while I was pregnant. It is also a great resource for raising your child into adulthood as it covers all the stages of childhood. 

 

 

 

The Little House Series 

These books are written by a late 1800s American Pioneer girl. Laura Ingalls recounts her experiences as she grows up in the woods and prairies of midwestern and western United States. Great read-aloud books! 

 

 

The Road Back to You

This book was a great read for understanding the enneagram personality test. Written from a Christian perspective, Cron and Stabile go into great detail illustrating the strengths and weaknesses of each of the nine personality traits.

 

 

 

 

 

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